Emanuel All Talk, No Action On Parking Meter Deal
He’s full of crap.
That is essentially the conclusion the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke comes to about Rahm Emanuel’s position on the parking meter lease deal in a recent piece.
As you probably know, Emanuel has recently been very outspoken about the nearly $50 million in bills Chicago Parking Meters, LLC has sent the city for over use of disabled parking and for meter closures for the past two years.
He’s very publicly and brashly denounced the bills and says he won’t pay them. Unfortunately for the Mayor, there’s this teeny tiny obstacle to his stance. It’s called a contract.
You remember. That several hundred page document the city paid a big time law firm nearly $700,000 to draft and/or review before former Mayor Daley signed it thus giving away right the parking meters for 75 years. If you go by the contract, CPM has every right to claim the compensation it asks for.
But as Dumke points out, while Emanuel has been publicly against the lease deal, city attorneys have been defending the meter lease deal in court.
You see, back in 2009, the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization filed a lawsuit claiming the meter deal was illegal and the contract should be torn up.
Parts of the suit have since been tossed out by a Cook County judge, but the central claim remains: that the city illegally auctioned off its power to set public policy that manages traffic and parking.
Instead of instructing city attorneys to join the attack on the deal—or at least remain neutral—the mayor has them working to keep it in place.
Hilariously, a city spokesperson tries to explain away the contradictions of Emanuel’s talk vs. actions–explanations which gives Dumke fodder to further decimate the Mayor’s position by pointing out even more ugly details of the meter deal and the suspect behavior of key players in the how the deal was did.
While perhaps not intended to be a humor piece, all one can do is laugh at the ridiculousness of it all when reading Dumke’s report.
Check out Mick Dumke’s full piece, “On meter deal, legal action speaks louder than words.”